Daily Political Media Summary: 29 May 2009

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Media Summary: 29 May 2009

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All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.

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 Economy

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Hewlett-Packard: 700 jobs at the company’s Erskine plant in Renfrewshire are to be outsourced to the Czech Republic and Hugh Henry MSP has called for Hewlett-Packard to repay the government grants it was awarded to secure its long-term future in Scotland.  In The Herald, Alf Young comments on the potential for protectionism in Europe in the wake of recent job losses. (Herald page 1, Alf Young page 19, Scotsman page 19, P&J page 12, Courier page 8, Express page 16, Mirror page 10, Record page 2, Mail page 2, Sun page 1)

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 Gloomy Economic Forecast: A sombre assessment of Scotland’s prospects was published today by Dr Andrew Goudie, the Scottish Government’s Chief Economic Adviser, which predicted that the decline could continue through 2009 and into 2010 and that Scotland’s recovery could lag behind that in the rest of the UK. (Scotsman page 7)

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 Crime

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Prisoner Escape: A further prisoner John Brown, who received a life sentence in 1976, has absconded from Castle Huntly open prison.  This follows the earlier escape of Brian Martin, nicknamed The Hawk, and increases the pressure on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and First Minister Alex Salmond. (Herald page 2, Scotsman page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 1, Times page 3, Telegraph page 1 and Alan Cochrane page 17, Express page 1, Record page 4, Mail page 1)

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 Local Government

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Childcare Deaths: More than 100 children have died in local authority care in Scotland since 2000 according to a report from the Social Work Inspection Agency. (Herald page 4)

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 Health

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Obesity: Scotland is to launch a £1.4 million pilot scheme in eight towns and cities which is modelled on the French ‘Epode’ programme which has lowered the obesity rate by as much as 25 per cent in some towns and villages. (Times page 23)

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 Education

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Class sizes: A report in the Times Education Supplement Scotland claims that the Scottish Governemnt has shifted its position on class size legislation and is considering lowering the current P1 class-size maximum of 30. (TESS page 1)

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 Politics

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MPs’ Expenses: MPs Julie Kirkbride and Margaret Moran have announced that they will not seek re-election as the ongoing expenses row claims more victims and there are further revelations in The Telegraph concerning Bill Cash (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 4, P&J page 11, Courier page 1, Times page 4, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 1, Express page 4, Mirror page 6, Record page 9, Mail page 6, Sun page 8)

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 MSP Expenses: Details have been published of MSPs’ expense claims for the last three months of 2008 which show Margo MacDonald claimed only £32. (Herald page 6, Times page 5, Record page 8)

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 Child Poverty: A study by the Joseph Rowntree foundation has claimed that one in five Scots children live in poverty and efforts to improve their lives stalled five years ago. (Scotsman page 13, P&J page 13, Telegraph page 12, Record page 14)

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